Friday

Casey’s Foods Friday Featured Fish of the Day – 8AM-8PM  | Priced per pound
Casey’s Foods in Naperville Plaza – Washington Street at Gartner Road 60540
Casey’s Seafood Counter offers Fresh Dab Sole at $22.98 per pound and from the kitchen Casey’s Cod Sandwich at $6.99 (with cheese $7.49) while supplies last. Check out the Seafood Counter all during Lent.  Tomorrow, look for Saturday-only specials until 7PM, too. (Casey’s Marinated  Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts are only $5.98 per lb. and from Casey’s Kitchen find Super Medley Salad for only $5.98! Meanwhile, Casey’s Deli & Gourmet Section features plenty of scrumptious super selections every day so folks can rediscover all the benefits of mealtime.  And it’s time to put in an order for Casey’s famous Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day. (Earlier this week, we boiled Casey’s marinated corn beef on the top of the stove.  Ever since, we’ve been enjoying very thin slices! Top of the morning!)

All-Day Fish Fry Fridays at Catch 35 – 11:30AM-9PM  | $$ Off the menu
Catch 35 – 35 S. Washington Street 60540
Get together at Catch 35 Naperville all day every Friday during Lent through March 30. All you care to enjoy…… Crispy Fresh Georges Bank Haddock Fish and Chips, served with cole slaw and house made tartar sauce $22 and many other items on the menu. www.catch35.com.

Naperville VFW ‘All You Can Eat’ Fish Fry – 4:30 – 7:30PM | $12, seniors $10 and children $7; 3 and under are free
Judd Kendall VFW – 908 W. Jackson St., Naperville, IL 60540
The Naperville VFW “All You Can Eat” Fish Fry is open to the public every Friday from 4:30 to 7:30PM now through March 30 at the Judd Kendall VFW, 908 W. Jackson St., Naperville. The buffet menu varies, but attendees can expect eight hot items, including two kinds of fish, chicken, salad and vegetables, plus rolls, desert and coffee, all of which are included in the dinner price. The buffet is provided by Belgio’s Catering. A full menu is available at www.napervfw3873.org. A full bar is also available. The cost for adults is $12, seniors $10 and children $7; 3 and under are free. For more information, call (630) 420-9820.

Saturday

St. Paddy’s Day 5K – 8AM | $25-40
Downtown Naperville – 305 Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
This event is for racers, runners, and walkers. The course is a measured 5K race, and professional timing services (e.g., chip time) will be used to ensure race time accuracy. Those registering prior to the race will receive a technical running shirt in either men’s or women’s sizes. Registration is available to 3,000 entrants. Race day registration is also available, up to the maximum allowed number of entrants. Overall and age group awards will be provided. Participation in this event is a great way to join in the St. Paddy’s Day spirit. Proceeds from this event will be used to provide health-related services to those in need. Register at www.stpaddysday5k.org.

WSI St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 10AM | Free
Downtown Naperville
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Naperville. With humble beginnings in 1993, Kevin M. Dolan organized a four block Parade with a handful of people in his committee. This 2018 parade is now over a mile long with almost 100 different groups and over 3,500 participants, attracting 10,000 Parade spectators. 

Make a Garden Bench Day – 11AM | $80
The Growing Place – 2000 Montgomery Rd Aurora, IL 60504
The Growing Place is making Leopold benches. These simple, sturdy, benches were created by Aldo Leopold so he could sit and observe the forest and wildlife around him. Build one for your garden. All supplies and tools will be provided. Cost: $80. Call (630) 355-4000 to register.

Naperville Big Band Jazz Fest Concert – 1PM | $15 for Adults / $10 Seniors & Students
Neuqua Valley High School – 2360 95th Street Naperville, IL 60564
Pete Ellman presents the 4th annual jazz fest, featuring three world-class jazz musician/educators, Peter Erskine, Alexa Tarantino and Louis Dowdeswell, along with the Pete Ellman Big Band. Guest artists will host two hour-long masterclasses for students in the morning and will perform with the Pete Ellman Big Band at 1PM on the Main Stage. Commemorative t-shirts will be available for $15 each.

Naperville Public Safety St. Baldrick’s Event – 5-9PM | Free
Naperville Marriott – 1801 N. Naper Blvd. Naperville, IL 60563
The Naperville Police and Fire Departments will host the 14th annual St. Baldrick’s event in Naperville on Saturday, March 10. The signature head-shaving event benefits the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to raising money for children’s cancer research. During the event, more than 40 people will brave the shave in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money to “Conquer Childhood Cancers!” through raffles and a silent auction. Doors will open at 5PM for the event, followed by the opening ceremony at 6PM led by the Naperville Fire Departments Honor Guard, Pipes and Drums. Emcee Scott Mackay of Radio Station 95.9 The River, will lead a program of remembrance and a celebration of survivorship before the shaving fun kicks off at 7PM. The event is a free, family-oriented evening featuring a dedicated Kid’s Room and Kid’s Raffle and multiple other raffles and silent auctions taking place in addition to the shaving fun.

Sunday

Pictures with the Leprechaun at Quigley’s – 12:30 – 3:30PM | Free
Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Pictures with the Leprechaun: Sunday March 11 from 12:30 until 3:30PM. Bring your friends and family. Go home with a complimentary photo. www.quigleysirishpub.com.

History Speaks – Georgia O’Keeffe: An American Master
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540 | $7-10
Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the most popular American artists of the 20th century. O’Keefe painted, drew and sculpted an incredible array of subjects over her long career. She is likely the most famous artist associated with the Santa Fe region. Still misunderstood and misinterpreted even in the 21st century, her work was crucial to the history of modernism in America. In this program, art historian Jeff Mishur discusses a full range of Georgia O’Keefe’s art, from her daring and innovative abstractions of the 1910s and 1920s to her elegant investigations of various subject matter, such as architecture, landscapes, and flowers. Non-Members: $10/adult, $9/youth (4-12) and students Members: $8/adult, $7/ youth (4-12) Registration is required. Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the most popular American artists of the 20th century. O’Keefe painted, drew and sculpted an incredible array of subjects over her long career. She is likely the most famous artist associated with the Santa Fe region. Still misunderstood and misinterpreted even in the 21st century, her work was crucial to the history of modernism in America. In this program, art historian Jeff Mishur discusses a full range of Georgia O’Keefe’s art, from her daring and innovative abstractions of the 1910s and 1920s to her elegant investigations of various subject matter, such as architecture, landscapes, and flowers. www.napersettlement.org/calendar.

Consider ‘save the dates’ today for future events

Early Voting is now in progress at City Hall and the Fox Valley Mall. Primary General Election Day is Tues., March 20. Polls will be open from 6AM to 7PM.

Keep Moving to help keep local charities running! Register now for the first running event of the season at PN’s Runs, Walks and Bike Rides that will keep you outdoors for more than a good cause beginning on March 10, 2018, when the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise presents its annual St. Paddy’s 5K just before the WSI St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Naperville. Registration to participate in both events is now in progress.

On the navigation bar atop this page, “Events” offers a pull down option where you’ll find calendars specific to Charity Golf, Festivals & Traditions over the course of the year as well as this month’s Book Events hosted by Anderson’sNorth Central College Performing Arts and happenings at Naper Settlement.

Check out the Naperville Voters Guide for a listing of hopefuls running in the Illinois Primary to serve Naperville in DuPage County, Will County, Springfield and Washington, D.C.

 

 

Year-round Gift Ideas/Reserve ‘Gala’ Tickets!

Think dinner and the show and combine a gift certificate/card to a restaurant and theater tickets to performances on stage at North Central College. Perhaps give memberships to places such as Naper Settlement, DuPage Children’s Museum or Naperville Art League. Or provide a gift of music lessons with one of the teachers available at Ellman’s Music Center.

‘Tis always the season to give DNA gift cards or to create a new experience in 2018.  Downtown Naperville Gift Cards make great gifts for any special occasion. With a Downtown Naperville gift card, the recipient can find a new outfit, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, take a fitness class, pick up a pair of new running shoes, discover a great new book or enjoy a wonderful meal. There are so many choices and possibilities.

Downtown Naperville gift cards may be purchased in person at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (ask for a gift box and bow) or Pinot’s Palette. You may also order via phone by calling (630) 355-4141 or ordering online. Call the 1-800 balance number on the back of your gift card or visit the Check My Balance web page to check a gift card balance. 

Upcoming gala benefits create gift-giving opportunities

Give special certificates for a pair of tickets or an entire table to some other charity gala or golf outing this year. Consider the First Naperville Chef Showdown to benefit Loaves & Fishes Community Services on April 11 or the 7th Annual Derby Party for Hesed House on May 5 or the DuPage Veterans Foundation Honor Flight Fundraiser at Calamos Investments Hangar on May 5. Thanks to all for supporting fundraising events in the community!

Or consider the 63rd Annual Kiwanis Pancake Festival, 7AM-Noon, Sat., March 17, at Naperville Central High School. Enter the school from Hillside Ave.

Greetings!

And if you need greeting cards for those gifts, find huge assortments for all occasions at Oswald’s Pharmacy in Naperville Plaza and The Boxes, Etc., in Cress Creek Shopping Center. Cheers!

Dine Around Naperville! Celebrate local hospitality…


From Catch 35 to Meson Sabika, discover more than 260 delicious places to dine in or out at www.dinenaperville.com. Call for Easter brunch reservations today.

Note that more than 40 of the eateries are located throughout downtown Naperville where there are plenty of shopping opportunities in between meals. Cheers!

Weekends, Music & More!

Start with breakfast from 10AM to Noon at Quigley’s Irish Pub on Saturdays and Sundays.  And stay for the live band beginning at 8:30PM. Brunch is served throughout downtown Naperville, too.

Celebrate with the West Suburban Irish and friends with Quiz NIghts on the first Tuesday of most months and during a “session” of traditional Irish tunes on the third Wednesday of the month at Quigley’s.

And on that note, thanks for supporting live music such as the sounds of sessions (the third Wednesday of the month) and bands at Quigley’s Irish Pub (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays) or local bands at Club Mamalu’s on the first Friday of the month with OMT lite and friends. No cover. 

Also, a new restaurant recently opened to jazz up the south side of Naperville. Pete Miller’s Steak and Seafood Naperville, 3032 English Rows, will be open 4:30-10PM Monday-Thursday, 4:30-11PM Friday-Saturday, and 4:30-9PM Sunday. For more information, visit www.petemillers.com.  

And ICYMI, there’s always more latest news…

Look forward with photo-enhanced stories every day on PN’s Latest NewsIn addition to events and other happenings, find public meeting notices scheduled at the Naperville Municipal Center.

Check out PN’s Events Calendar for other events as well as to help plan next week and upcoming weekends.

PN’s Event Calendar features Things to Do, too! Plus… Event planners can post events. 

As always, thanks for reading and supporting the local business community whenever possible. Put your money where your heart is, right here in your hometown. Get to know your local independent businesses, too, the group that meets at Kreger’s Brat & Sausage Haus at 6PM on the first Monday of the most months. Note, Kreger’s currently has “gone fishing” until March 29.

Meanwhile, countdown the days until winter ends in Naperville!